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CE Chairs Council of Ministers’ Economic Committee Meeting

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the meeting of council of minister’s economic committee was held yesterday at Sapidar palace.
In the meeting, National Environment Protection Authority reported of recent steps taken for prevention of air pollution in Kabul city.  Based on the report, efforts towards reduction of air pollution in Kabul city have increased during the past three weeks and the process was underway.
According to NEPA, fuel system of 218 addresses including buildings and townships, brick companies, government institutions and manufacturing companies have been seriously monitored and assess and awareness as well as consequences of air pollution and delivering mechanisms for prevention of increasing air pollution are underway.
After hearing the report, the country’s chief executive Dr, Abdullah Abdullah said efforts for counter increasing air pollution should not be stopped by starting snowfalls in the country, but it should be used as an opportunity.
Afterwards, the ministry of commerce and industry shared the causes of high price of domestic products to participants in the meeting.
Based on the report, high transportation expenses, lack of power and energy for manufacturing companies, lack of awareness of the companies of international standards, lack of necessary raw materials in manufacturing companies, lack of stability and balance in exchanging Afghani currency, bureaucracy in government institutions and lack of workers and experienced personnel are the most significant factors of increasing the price of domestic products.
Chief executive said that part of the mentioned factors had connection to general situation of Afghanistan, but transportation problems, bureaucracy and corruption in government institutions should not stop economic development of the country, asking for addressing the problems in this regard.
The country’s chief executive instructed relevant institutions to include the respective issues in the meeting of execution enduring development committee to address each one separately.  Regarding report of the ministry of agriculture, livestock and irrigation, chief executive said India has promised to provide 75,000 tons wheat in assistance to Afghanistan, but it has not been implemented so far, asking the ministry to pave the way for receiving the assistance as soon as possible.

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